July 5, 2012

Ezekiel 2:1-7 AMP
And He said to me [Ezekiel], Son of man, stand upon your feet and I will speak to you.
2 And the Spirit entered into me when He spoke to me and set me upon my feet, and I heard Him speaking to me.
3 And He said to me, I send you, son of man, to the children of Israel, two rebellious nations that have rebelled against Me. They and their fathers have transgressed against Me even to this very day.
4 And the children are impudent and hard of heart. I send you to them and you shall say to them, Thus says the Lord God.
5 And they, whether they will hear or refuse to hear—for they are a rebellious house—yet shall they know and realize that there has been a prophet among them.
6 And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words; though briers and thorns are all around you and you dwell and sit among scorpions, be not afraid of their words nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house.
7 And you shall speak My words to them whether they will hear or refuse to hear, for they are most rebellious.

Dear Father,
Shield Your prophets from harm. Help Your prophets to trust in You and not in their own understanding so that Your strength may shine forth in their weakness.
We humbly request that You commission Your holy angels to do Your good work at General Convention. Stir the hearts of Your people to draw near to You. Open the eyes and the hearts of the bishops, deputies, visitors, and journalists in Indianapolis to see and receive Your prophets among them. Amen.

Romans 8:1-11 and Sunday School Lesson

July 5, 2012

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)
      Jesus, please help us walk daily in your ways.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2)
      Holy Spirit, bring us into the freedom you have for us.

For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: he condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:3-4)
      Father, thank you for doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. Please help us accept everything you have done for us through your son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Thank you.

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:5)
      Holy Father, please help us live according to your Spirit. Turn the hearts of those at the General Convention away from giving into the things of the flesh.

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:6)
      Jesus, please help the bishops and deputies recognize the choice you have placed before them and choose life and peace.

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:7-8 )
      Holy Spirit, set your people free from being carnally minded so that they can please you.

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not his. (Romans 8:9)
      Lord Jesus Christ, we pray for a fresh outpouring of your Holy Spirit on your church.

And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (Romans 8:10)
      Jesus, come and dwell in me and bring me to new life.

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. (Romans 8:11)
      Jesus, give new life to our mortal bodies. Thank you for your Holy Spirit.

Study Guide: Summer Sunday School Lesson 04, July 8, 2012
Readings: Mark 6:1-6; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Ezekiel 2:1-7; Ps. 123
Next Week: Mark 6:7-13; Ephesians 1:1-14; Amos 7:7-15; Ps.85:7-8

       Epistle: 2 Corinthians 12:2-10

“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the LORD of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6b) A word received: I want you to see in your weakness an opportunity for my strength to shine forth. Offer your weakness and infirmities to me.

       Gospel: Mark 6:1-6

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6) A word received: That was the problem for the people in my town — they trusted int heir own understanding and not in me.

       Old Testament: Ezekiel 2:1-7

A word received: Look at Mark in the light of this passage. I did not hesitate to speak my Father’s word even though they did not accept it. Will you follow me?

       Psalm: Ps. 123

A word received: Look to me — I AM your help and your strength.

Thursday: 131, 132, [133] * 134, 135; Num. 23:11-26: Rom. 8:1-11: Matt. 22:1-14
Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Num. 24:1-13: Rom. 8:12-17: Matt. 22:15-22

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote.
      If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14) May God bless and heal America.

Albany Intercessor

GC2012–Fr. Rob Eaton on how to pray

July 5, 2012

In this reflection, Father Rob Eaton of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Tulare, California discerns how to pray for General Convention 2012.

On June 18, I prayed for the Holy Spirit to inform my reading regarding the prayer focus for General Convention. The second reading for that day in the daily office was from Acts 2:22ff. Two parts struck me quite hard. I have underlined the verse that really laid into me:

“….listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know- 23 this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. 24 But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power.” [vv 25-31 removed to save space]

“32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you both see and hear.”

I believe the Lord would say to intercessors that there is nothing so bad, or even so evil, in TECUSA that the resulting death can possibly keep Jesus within its power.

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